Dodgers legend Lasorda says A-Rod 'ruined the game'

Los Angeles Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda had some choice words regarding New York Yankees third...

Los Angeles Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda had some choice words regarding New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. (Reuters)

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According to one baseball legend, Alex Rodriguez has “ruined the game.”

Tommy Lasorda, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976-96 and guided the club to two World Series titles, was curt when asked by ESPN about A-Rod’s one-year suspension.

“He should have gotten more,” Lasorda said Tuesday. “What he's done? He's trying to ruin the game. You can't do that.”

Lasorda is of the opinion drug users shouldn’t be elected to the Hall of Fame and was upset by A-Rod after presuming the New York Yankees star was clean.

“I was thinking, ‘At least this guy is doing it legitimately,’ and then find out he wasn't,” Lasorda said. “That really turned my opinion of him.”

Lasorda went on to blast cheating.

“When someone breaks the rules, they don’t belong in there,” he said. “Would you have your son get A-Rod’s autograph? Would you like to have that?

“I’m disappointed in this game of ours, which is so great, that somebody has to do things to cheat. That’s not right. How about those pitchers that they hit all those home runs off of them? Nobody thinks about those guys. So, consequently, we’ve got to have this game where everybody is on the same level. We need that. Even my wife said, ‘Well, they had to hit the ball.’ I said, ‘Sure, they hit the ball. But those balls that were caught on the warning track are now in the seats.’ And that's the thing that makes the difference ...

“If I'm pitching and I know that guy up there is using that stuff, I’d hit him right in the mouth. I’d say, ‘Go in and take another shot of it.’ Why should they be allowed to do that and others not allowed? It’s not right. We’ve got to get this baseball game to where the fans can understand everything is on the same level – each guy has the same opportunities. That’s the way it should be. That’s the way it used to be. We never heard of steroids. Christ, half the guys couldn't even spell it.”


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